Using machines without proper training can have disastrous results.

An Indonesian maid has lost five fingers from her right hand after an accident with an electric meat grinder while helping out at her employer’s bakery in Joo Chiat.

According to Shin Min Daily News, maid Rabia was grinding sardines using an electric meat grinder at Mastura Bakery when her glove got caught in the device. Even his fingers were pulled into it.

Rabia screamed for help and turned off the meat grinder. Although she was rushed to hospital, her fingers could not be saved. The accident happened in June 2019.

During a hearing on Wednesday May 18, it was revealed that Rabia had been ordered to help in the bakery three or four times a week, in addition to doing domestic work at his employers’ homes. She has not received additional pay from her employers Mastura, 46, and Effendi, 61.

The prosecutor said Rabia had not received proper bakery training and also pointed out that the meat grinder lacked a plastic safety device.

The domestic helper was employed by Effendi on October 27, 2018.

Before Rabia, the couple had hired another maid, Vinani, who injured her left index finger while using the meat grinder at the bakery, Shin Min reported.

On Wednesday, Mastura pleaded guilty to one count of violation of the Employment of Foreign Labor Act and one count of violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Her husband Effendi pleaded guilty to one count of violation of the Employment of Foreign Labor Act, with one count of violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act for consideration judicial.

Their case will be heard again in court on Friday.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time a maid has lost her fingers in a meat grinder.

In January 2019, a maid in Myanmar lost four fingers when her employer made her work at a food stall. She was not paid for the extra work she did.

According to the Ministry of Manpower, foreign domestic workers can only perform domestic work in their employer’s home and cannot work with other employers.

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